Sheung Wan Youth Hostel is facing delay after the government rejected its structural design.
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, which is building the project, said it will change the original plan to comply with government height restrictions, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday.
The project was announced in 2012 to help meet the housing needs of young people.
The Antiquities Advisory Board wanted the building moved back three meters from Hollywood Road because it was blocking Man Mo Temple, the report said.
In order to compensate for lost space, the board agreed to let Tung Wah build a taller structure.
However, the Planning Department rejected the idea after considering the height of nearby buildings and land use restrictions in the surrounding areas.
“We will bring down the height of each floor from 13 meters to 11 meters to make room for one more floor,” a Tung Wah spokesman said.
“We will have 210 units in total, three units fewer than originally designed,” he said.
The new plan will have room for 306 beds.
On Thursday, the Antiquities Advisory Board agreed to the new plan. It is awaiting approval from the Planning Department.
Barring further delays, the hostel is expected to be completed in 2018, one year behind schedule, the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, five non-government organizations are planning to supply 2,600 hostel beds.
The first batch will come from Tai Po Youth Hostel, launched by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, which is expected to open in 2017.
Earlier, tycoon Lee Shau-kee, chairman of Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd. donated a 63,000 square foot site in Yuen Long to children’s charity Po Leung Kuk to build Hong Kong’s biggest youth hostel.
It is due for completion in 2018.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on June 5.
Translation by Charis Heung
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